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Lena Dunham, Sarah Silverman, and Other Jewish Celebrities Dish About Their Shrinks

By On October 4, 2017

Jews make great therapy patients. Just ask Sarah Silverman, Gary Shteyngart, or Lena Dunham: long-time devotees of the therapy couch. Shrink, a new short-form video series created by Spielbergs, a collaboration of… Read More


New Viral Video Begs Trump: “America First. Israel Second?”

By On February 6, 2017

You’ve probably seen them by now: hilarious spoof videos introducing President Trump to various European countries, “in his own words,” making their case for second place, after “America first.” Starting with Holland’s… Read More


The Strange Case of the Missing Nazi Home Movies

By On December 8, 2016

  Here’s something you don’t read every day: Eva Braun made 16mm home movies of Adolf Hitler and other high-ranking SS soldiers. The films were used as propaganda, showing the Nazi officials goofing… Read More

Israel to Jews: This is Where the AEPi Party Never Ends

Israel to Jews: This is Where the AEPi Party Never Ends

By On September 16, 2014

“Bible games! Fruit juice! Put those years of Hebrew school to use!” chants an exuberant new YouTube short. It aims to convince young, pasty-skinned, dissatisfied American Jewish dudes, through bright colors, tongue-in-cheek humor,… Read More

The Aryan Baby Who Wasn’t

The Aryan Baby Who Wasn’t

By On July 14, 2014

Nazis. If it’s not one thing it’s another. In 1935, when the party held a national photo contest to find the most beautiful Aryan baby, Joseph Goebbels himself chose—wait for it—a Jewish child to represent the… Read More


The Yiddish Speakers Who Stayed Behind

By On March 3, 2014

We generally think of Yiddish as the language that Jews spoke in the shtetls of Eastern Europe before WWII, and of its surviving speakers as having long-ago resettled across various continents. We don’t tend… Read More

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Bergen-Belsen

By On January 17, 2014

In the mid-1940s, newsreel footage of the Allied liberation of Bergen-Belsen, Dachau, and Buchenwald horrified viewers across the world. The images of human devastation at Nazi concentration camps crystallized reigning negative opinions of Germany.… Read More

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2014: The Year “Fiddler” Turns 50

By On January 1, 2014

Was there ever a real-life shtetl as joyful, as funny, as musical and, ultimately, as heartbreaking as Anatevka? Probably not. But after five decades, “our little village” in Fiddler on the Roof still embodies what… Read More


A Surprising New History of “Fiddler on the Roof”

By On December 9, 2013

Maybe you first heard Tevye break into song when you watched Fiddler on the Roof on VHS in your grandparents’ living room. Maybe you sat in the audience on opening night at the Imperial Theater in 1964. Maybe,… Read More


“All I Want for Thanksgivukkah is Jews” Mariah Carey Parody

By On November 26, 2013

DISCLAIMER: This video is rated MW for Meshugganah Writers, OS for off-key singing, and ES for excessive schmaltziness. Intrigued? With a lot of chutzpah and a little shtick, a group of four… Read More


Looking Back On a Crazy Childhood On The Road

By On November 22, 2013

Today, Joshua Safran (not to be confused with Joshua Foer and his brother) is an ordinary guy and an observant Jew, married with kids, a civil rights lawyer. But Safran’s childhood—the subject of his new memoir Free… Read More


The Most Embarrassing Jewish Search Result

By On August 20, 2013

Try this at home. Go to YouTube, type the word “Jewish” and sort by “view count.” What’s the most-viewed “Jewish” video of all time? You’ll never guess. It’s a silly piece of fluff called “I’m Jewish and You… Read More